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Testing & Services

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VO2 max

The VO2 maximal effort test provides you with the maximal heart rate which serves as the anchor to build your training zones. It is an incremental test that progresses until voluntary exhaustion. It also provides your lactate threshold estimated on ventilatory threshold, your anaerobic threshold based on and provides you with a benchmark of current fitness which is used to evaluate the progress of your training development. The test can be done on a treadmill or Wahoo Kickr.

Blood Lactate Threshold

The test is based on blood lactate accumulation as a results of increases in intensity. It is an accurate measure of your anaerobic threshold, taken from a finger prick at each level of increasing intensity. The LTHR (lactate threshold heart rate) is the basis for specific training tables and especially for interval and track/short distance training.

MEP ( Metabolic Efficiency Point)

Have you noticed you work out hour after hour and barely lose weight ? Do you burn 600 kcal's an hour but find that your weight remains the same ? If you work out at an intensity that is too high to burn fat you will run out of carb stores very quick and bonk. On the other hand if you feed on what you think you should be eating to restore CHO stores you'll under perform as precious red blood cells get rerouted to digestion rather than to working muscles. This test examines the fuel sources for each kilocalorie burned at sub maximal intensities to determine how well (or not ) we burn fat.

HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE COACHING

After falling in love with the sport of triathlon in 1997 and going through my own share of setbacks and injuries (see meet the coach) as well as my many athlete’s hurdles and issues, I deeply understand the importance of balance in this sport and in life while training and racing. This is how my new company tag line was born- Where Performance Meets Balance. I truly believe and know that without the balance, the performance is short lived and sometimes never even attained. We need to start focusing on strength first and then volume and distance. We need to remember that a strong healthy body will always perform better than one with imbalances and poor fuel choices. Yes, your body can get by initially with imbalances and bad nutrition but eventually it breaks down in the form of burn out or injury. My goal with my CHEK holistic lifestyle coaching and nutrition guidance is to prevent you from even going down the road where you crash and burn so to say, and stay on the performance and PR (personal record) highway. I have had proven success with my methods and had athletes PR time and time again because they are taking the time to listen to what their bodies need from the beginning with 6 basic foundational principles. All my athletes are required to provide 7 day nutrition and lifestyle log to evaluate where they are as well as use the Metabolic Type Test as a starting point to then create the nutrition and lifestyle plan to support them to be able to achieve their triathlon dreams. If further information is needed we will have blood work done and call on other Full Circle team members to include suggested supplementation to your plan. This is also a stand- alone service if you are not a current Full Circle athlete. I have worked with everyone from a junk food junkie to a vegetarian to a Paleo body builder to increase muscle, decrease fat and increase energy, vitality and ultimately overall better health.

Bike Fit

Why Should YOU Get a Full Circle Coaching Dynamic Bike Fit with Coach Dennis Phipps?
Great question! And here's the great answer: Nothing will shave more time off your bike split than an aero, comfortable position.There was a great article on Cervelo's website about bicycle aerodynamics. The quick summary is that for a 40k race, an aero position (ideally a horizontal torso) can save you 6 minutes, while aero wheels might save 1-2 minutes and an aero frame 1 minute.
Our method has the following advantages over a generic bike shop fit:Let's look at a very simple measurement: seat height.

  • Aero-specific fit. We know how to fit aerodynamically. Many "fit systems" fail to distinguish between road and Tri fitting - big mistake!
  • We use dynamic analysis of you pedaling under load, as opposed to static measurement which may not accurately depict your position.
  • We use software to plot your angles while you are working, instead of measuring angles with a device while you are stopped. Angle measuring devices are prone to error, and again they are unable to take measurements while you are moving.

All these problems are solved through our method of fitting you on your actual bike while you are pedaling under load.

Now let's get into the nitty-gritty. How low should your aero-bars be? Where do you measure from? How far away from your saddle should they be? Do you need a different stem? Saddle? Seat post? Frame? (Maybe). What is your optimal effective seat angle? Where do you measure this angle? What seat tube angle should your bike have? Can you use a road bike?

The way to answer all these questions is by looking at your body angles. And in our opinion, this doesn't mean looking at them in a "posed", static position on a fit bike.

I have seen situations again and again where a person looks fine standing still, but as soon as they apply force to the pedals for any amount of time, their position changes radically. Their back arches, they slide forward or back on their saddle, they point their toes, etc. Again, you need to be evaluated under load. Only then do your true biomechanics reveal themselves.

Sitting too far back relative to bottom bracket (slack seat angle), resulting in an acute hip angle. This typically leads to lower back pain, tired/cramping quads, and lack of power. This in our opinion is one of the biggest errors out there. Many frames are simply not built with a steep enough seat angle. Look at many of the top pros in the Hawaii Ironman (See our video and pictures on the home page).They are sitting on the noses of their saddles, and I guarantee it is not because that is the most comfortable way to sit for four and a half hours! They are getting themselves forward enough to open their hip angle for optimal power. Look at TT Champion David Zabriske. Sure, he is riding shorter events and doesn't have to run afterwards.But his position is a thing of aero beauty even if it is extreme. He has his saddle set at 78 degrees, but he sits at approximately 85 degrees, almost directly above the bottom bracket. I have measured his angles and they are right in the center of the ranges we look for, even though he has more handlebar drop than just about anybody. The secret is his 85 degree virtual seat angle.

  • Aero-bars too far away from saddle (reach too long), putting your arms and torso in a weak position, again leading to lack of power and lower back issues. This also causes shoulder/neck pain/tension/fatigue.
  • Saddle too low or high, leading to knee issues, lack of power, and comfort (crotch) issues.
  • Aero-bars too high (not enough drop), typically because the rider is uncomfortable when they are lowered. This is frequently because the bars are lowered without adjusting seating position.If you are set up correctly, you should feel like you are suspended comfortably and horizontally when in the aero position. No tension in the lower back, quads, hams, or shoulders, and you should be able to hammer the pedals without the force hammering the rest of your body. If your hip angle is correct, you can recruit all of the muscles from your buttocks, quads, hamstrings on down to apply force to the pedals. If you are too far back, your quads will work overtime and your lower back will too. You will be slower on the bike and almost definitely slower on the run too.

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